Monument To The Armenian Genocide In The Swedish City Of Västerås

A monument to the 1915 Armenian Genocide was erected in the Swedish city of Västerås.

At the early stages of the monument’s design, the Christian People’s Party presented its draft to the community administration. The municipality replied that it was not authorized to make decisions on foreign policy issues. However, the church of Västerås gave a positive answer, with the bishop and council of the church expressing their readiness to provide land for the monument. They recalled that many people live in Västerås whose relatives had died during the genocide.

In 2010, the Swedish parliament recognized the genocides of Armenians, Assyrians, and Pontic Greeks, but the government of that time did not accept the decision of the parliament.

It’s worth recalling that on December 29, 1917, Soviet Russia adopted a decree on post-Genocide Ottoman Armenia (Historical Armenia), the right of the Armenian people to self-determination, and their further independence.

On January 19, 1920, the Supreme Council of the Allied Powers de facto and on May 11, 1920, at the San Remo conference de jure recognized Armenia as an independent and sovereign state. On November 22, 1920, US President Woodrow Wilson drew the borders of new Armenia. However, it should be noted that Historical Armenia was not recognized by the United Nations due to its occupation by Turkey.

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